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Please Stand By: A Prehistory of Television

4.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  10 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Even before there was "Howdy Doody" or "The Honeymooners, " there was television, the medium that would define and change forever the twentieth century. Please Stand By looks back at the rough pioneer beginnings of TV, when the glow from the small screen brought magic into every home that had a set. Chorus girls worked side by side with performing rats; Eddie Albert, Dinah ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Overlook Books
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Jen
Mar 02, 2011 Jen rated it really liked it
The foibles and anecdotes of TV before the "Golden Age" in the 50s; yeah, this is a fun book. The writing style is incredibly accessible, it's funny because there was so much going wrong (as with any new technology or endeavor, or technological endeavor), and it's really interesting to read about all of this stuff that was going on when most people only think of the wars and the Depression in this time period (20s-48).
It's held back from being five stars because I felt that there wasn't much con
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Gary Shapiro
Feb 17, 2014 Gary Shapiro rated it it was amazing
The late film director Michael Ritchie wrote a fine book about the origins of television. This book has been on my shelf for years and I just now got a chance to read it. It is very enjoyable and highly entertaining.
Richard Tolleson
Aug 03, 2012 Richard Tolleson rated it it was amazing
If you think that television starts in 1948, or even at the 1939 World's Fair in New York, think again. Television broadcasts--attempts at television as we know it--were underway even before network radio was fully launched. This book is fascinating. I've been studying television, formally and informally, for 45 years. I didn't know half of the things in this book, which is unusual for me when it comes to a book on television. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to know the back st ...more
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